NOC 7246 – Telecommunications installation and repair workers


  • apprentice communication electrician – switching
  • apprentice electrician – telecommunications equipment
  • apprentice telephone switchman/woman
  • apprentice, communication electrician – network craft
  • branch exchange repairer – telecommunications
  • business telephone equipment installer and repairer
  • business telephone equipment maintainer
  • cable station tester – telecommunications
  • cellular phone installer
  • cellular telephone installer
  • cellular telephone technician
  • central office equipment inspector – telecommunications
  • central office equipment installer – telecommunications
  • central office equipment maintainer – telecommunications
  • central office equipment repairer – telecommunications
  • central office frame servicer – telecommunications
  • central office repairer – telecommunications
  • central office technician – telecommunications
  • central office tester – telecommunications
  • charging equipment attendant – telecommunications
  • combination man/woman – telecommunications
  • communication electrician – network craft
  • communication systems technician
  • communication technician, telephone
  • communications electrician – telecommunications
  • complaint service technician – telecommunications
  • districtman/woman – telecommunications
  • electrician, switched communications
  • electrician, telecommunications equipment
  • electrician, telephone communications
  • electrician, toll communications
  • electronic communications technician
  • equipment installer and repairer – telecommunications
  • exchange installer and repairer – telecommunications
  • exchange tester
  • exchange tester – telecommunications
  • facilities man/woman – telecommunications
  • facilities wirer – telecommunications
  • facsimile equipment installer
  • frame wirer – telephone
  • frameman/woman – telecommunications
  • inspector, private branch exchange (PBX) – telecommunications
  • installation and repair technician – telecommunications
  • installer – telecommunications
  • installer, satellite receivers
  • installer, switch network
  • installer, teleprinters
  • installer, teletypewriter (TTY) – telecommunications
  • installer, teletypewriters (TTY)
  • installer, TTY (teletypewriter) – telecommunications
  • line and station installer, telephone
  • mobile radio installer
  • mobile radio installer – telecommunications
  • mobile radio technician – telecommunications
  • mobile radiotelephone installer
  • operator, test desk – telecommunications
  • PBX (private branch exchange) and PABX (private automatic branch exchange) inspector – telecommunications
  • PBX (private branch exchange) and PABX (private automatic branch exchange) installer – telecommunications
  • PBX (private branch exchange) and PABX (private automatic branch exchange) installer and repairer – telecommunications
  • PBX (private branch exchange) and PABX (private automatic branch exchange) repairer – telecommunications
  • PBX (private branch exchange) inspector – telecommunications
  • PBX (private branch exchange) repairer – telecommunications
  • private branch exchange (PBX) and private automatic branch exchange (PABX) inspector – telecommunications
  • private branch exchange (PBX) and private automatic branch exchange (PABX) installer – telecommunications
  • private branch exchange (PBX) and private automatic branch exchange (PABX) installer and repairer – telecommunications
  • private branch exchange (PBX) and private automatic branch exchange (PABX) repairer – telecommunications
  • private branch exchange (PBX) inspector – telecommunications
  • private branch exchange (PBX) installer
  • private branch exchange (PBX) installer – telecommunications
  • private branch exchange (PBX) repairer – telecommunications
  • racker – telecommunications
  • radiotelephone installer and repairer
  • regulator and tester – telecommunications
  • relay adjuster – telecommunications
  • relay tester – telecommunications
  • repairer – telecommunications
  • repairer, switch network
  • repairer, teleprinters
  • repairer, teletypewriters (TTY)
  • repeater installer – telecommunications
  • repeater tester and adjuster – telecommunications
  • rural telephone maintainer
  • satellite receiver installer
  • satellite receiving equipment installer
  • service centre technician – telecommunications
  • service inspector – telecommunications
  • shop repairer – telecommunications
  • special services technician – telecommunications
  • switch network installer and repairer
  • switch network installer and repairer – telecommunications
  • switched communication electrician
  • switched network repairer
  • switched networks installer
  • switchman/woman – telecommunications
  • technician, telecommunications
  • technician, telephone communications
  • telecommunication equipment tester and regulator
  • telecommunication line tester
  • telecommunications equipment electrician
  • telecommunications equipment inspector
  • telecommunications equipment installer
  • telecommunications equipment technician
  • telecommunications service tester
  • telecommunications technician
  • telephone and teleprinter installer-repairer
  • telephone central office distribution frame maintainer
  • telephone central office repairer – telecommunications
  • telephone communication electrician
  • telephone equipment installer and repairer
  • telephone equipment tester
  • telephone exchange distribution frame maintainer
  • telephone exchange repairer – telecommunications
  • telephone exchange tester
  • telephone facilities evaluator
  • telephone installer
  • telephone relay tester
  • telephone repairer
  • telephone servicer
  • telephone shop repairer
  • telephone station installer
  • telephone station repairer
  • telephone switchboard installer and repairer
  • telephone switchman/woman
  • telephone system relay adjuster
  • telephone technician
  • telephone technician – telecommunications
  • telephone tester
  • telephone toll central office tester
  • telephone traffic inspector
  • teleprinter installer
  • teleprinter installer – telecommunications
  • teleprinter repairer
  • teletype installer – telecommunications
  • teletype repairer – telecommunications
  • teletypewriter (TTY) installer
  • teletypewriter (TTY) installer – telecommunications
  • teletypewriter (TTY) repairer
  • terminal and repeater tester
  • terminal and repeater tester – telecommunications
  • test desk operator – telecommunications
  • tester and regulator, telecommunications equipment
  • tester, telecommunication lines
  • tester, telephone exchange
  • tester, telephone relays
  • tester, terminal and repeater
  • tester, toll telephone central office
  • tester, transmission – telecommunications
  • toll communication electrician
  • toll equipment man/woman – telecommunications
  • toll switchman/woman – telecommunications
  • toll telephone exchange tester
  • toll tester, telephone exchange
  • transmission tester – telecommunications
  • TTY (teletypewriter) installer
  • TTY (teletypewriter) installer – telecommunications
  • TTY (teletypewriter) repairer
  • wireman/woman – telecommunications
  • wirer – telecommunications
  • wirer, frame – telephone

Job Duties

Telephone installers and repairers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Install, arrange, remove and maintain telephone equipment, wiring and associated hardware
  • Test installed telephone systems to locate transmission faults
  • Repair or replace defective and damaged telephones, wire and associated equipment.

Switch network installers and repairers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Install electromechanical, analog and digital trunking systems, circuits and equipment in telecommunications central offices and switching centres
  • Inspect and test trunking systems, circuits and equipment
  • Analyze test results and adjust, change or repair switching system, network, associated equipment and software.

Telecommunications service testers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate computerized testing systems to conduct service tests on customer lines and equipment
  • Determine the nature, cause and location of service trouble
  • Dispatch appropriate repair personnel
  • Complete test reports and maintain test and service records
  • May assist repair personnel to test lines, circuits and systems, isolate and clear cable faults and verify records.

Telecommunications equipment technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Install, remove and maintain various telecommunications equipment and related systems such as telex and facsimile machines, teletypewriters, mobile radios, cellular telephones, pagers and other telecommunications equipment
  • Configure operating systems and install software for access to the Internet
  • Inspect and test operation of telecommunications equipment
  • Diagnose and locate equipment faults, and adjust, replace or repair telecommunications equipment.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Telephone and switch network installers and repairers require completion of an apprenticeship program ranging from three to four years or A combination of over three years work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry related courses.
  • Telecommunications equipment technicians usually require completion of a college electrical and electronics program and several months of on-the-job training or Completion of a three- or four-year apprenticeship training program.
  • Trade certification for communication technicians is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia, Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Experience as an installer and repairer (telephone and switch network) is usually required for service testers.


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